Are you looking for a delicious way to boost energy, support your health, and stay hydrated all at once? Something that everyone in the family can benefit from? I’ve got you covered! Let me introduce you to the world of nourishing adrenal cocktails. This recipe uses the power of whole foods to introduce essential nutrients to your family, and will leave you feeling refreshed and energized.
Nourishing Adrenal Cocktail – what is it? …
and why is it beneficial?
Adrenal cocktails are nutrient-packed beverages designed to nourish and support the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are tiny, but play a crucial role in regulating your body’s stress responses, metabolism, and overall energy levels. In today’s fast-paced world, chronic stress and demanding lifestyles can take a toll on our adrenal health, leading to fatigue, mood swings, and other imbalances. So I’m sure you can see where supporting these little bundles is a really important piece of the health puzzle.
Our bodies require tons of minerals, antioxidants, and protein to sustain us. The adrenals in particular have high requirements for salt and potassium and are often very depleted. The ingredients in this nourishing adrenal cocktail work together to balance blood sugar and replace vital nutrients that support adrenal function, aid hydration, and promote overall well-being. Below I break down what each of them is good for … if you just want to get to the good stuff, scroll to the bottom for the easy-to-make recipe!
Orange juice, as we all know, is a rich source of vitamin C, which is a potent antioxidant known to help combat oxidative stress caused by everyday pollutants and stressors. Additionally, vitamin C is vital for collagen synthesis, further supporting joint health and skin elasticity. Including orange juice in your adrenal cocktail provides a tangy, flavorful boost of energy and immune support. An extra bonus on this one: most kids (and husbands) love orange juice, so it’s an easy family sell.
Coconut water is a natural electrolyte-rich fluid that helps replenish lost minerals due to sweating or dehydration. Potassium, magnesium, and calcium found in coconut water play a pivotal role in maintaining proper muscle function, nerve transmission, overall hydration, and a myriad of other things (feel free to research the benefits of magnesium on your own and you’ll be amazed at the powerhouse that it is). My favorite part is that coconut water brings a tropical twist to this cocktail while providing essential nutrients to keep the whole family active and vibrant.
Adding a pinch of high-quality sea salt to the adrenal cocktail helps balance electrolyte levels, especially sodium and chloride. Sodium is critical for maintaining fluid balance and supporting proper nerve function. Incorporating a small amount of salt ensures that your family stays well-hydrated during active days. I’ll be honest here, my kids don’t love when I add the normally recommended amount of salt to their cocktail, so I add less. If you’re a mom, you understand my willingness to compromise this point to just get them to have anything healthy at all.
Cream of Tartar
Cream of tartar, or potassium bitartrate, is an unexpected but valuable addition to the adrenal cocktail. It is an excellent source of potassium, an essential mineral that helps regulate blood pressure, muscle contractions, and nerve signals (what?! yes – you heard that right. who knew?!). Alongside coconut water and salt, cream of tartar completes the electrolyte trio, making this cocktail perfect for replenishing the body.
This is not a normal add for most of the adrenal cocktails I’ve seen recipes for. But I love this one because I use a berry-flavored collagen which my kiddos absolutely love. Plus, collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and a crucial building block for healthy skin, bones, and joints. As we age or face increased stress, our body’s collagen production naturally declines. Incorporating collagen peptides into the adrenal cocktail promotes joint flexibility and skin elasticity, supporting an active and youthful lifestyle for your entire family.
Incorporating this traditional nourishing adrenal cocktail into your daily routine is an easy way to embrace a healthier lifestyle together as a family. But don’t stop there! Feel free to get creative and experiment with additional ingredients like coconut milk/cream to enjoy an extra boost of good fats. Remember, making small, mindful changes to your family’s diet can have a big impact on their energy levels and vitality. So, raise your glasses and toast to a happy, healthy, and vibrant family, fueled by the goodness of whole-food nutrients! Here’s to more memorable moments and endless smiles together – Cheers!
- 12 oz. Organic Orange Juice
- 8 oz. Pure Coconut Water
- 1/4-1/2 tsp. Himalayan Sea Salt
- 1/4-1/2 tsp. Cream of Tartar
- 1 Scoop Berry Collagen
- Mix all ingredients in a cup with a blender ball.
- Pour over ice into two “adult” cups and two “kids” cups.
*Remember, it’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before making significant changes to your diet, especially if you have specific health concerns or conditions.